TikTok Reportedly Testing Longer Videos
TikTok is known for its short-form videos. Now those videos could be about to triple in length.
The social media app appears to be experimenting with letting users post videos as long as 3 minutes. Tiktok currently limits uploads to a maximum of 60 seconds.
The change was first spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, on Wednesday, who posted a screenshot to twitter of the app update. So far the longer video are only accessible via early access.
Best Apps in 2020
In 2019, Apple's pick for best iPhone app was a camera tool that can be used to take long exposure photos of outdoor adventures. This year? It's Wakeout, an app featuring "active breaks" — think workouts you can do from your couch and routines to wind down after work — perfect for when all you do is walk between your bed and your desk.
Among Google's best apps of 2020 are Disney+ and Loóna, which provides images and sounds designed to help you relax and fall asleep.
Apple and Google released their lists of the best apps of 2020 this week, and they are stark reminders of the crucial role tech has played in helping us adapt to living, working, celebrating, exercising and doing pretty much everything else from home this year.
Also on Google's list: Calmaria, which helps you calm down with coordinated breathing techniques, was its top "everyday essential" app. Best "app for fun" was Bazaart, a photo editing app that lets you replace the background of your photos with custom backgrounds and stickers — so you can pretend you're in space or floating in the ocean, not just sitting at home in your pajamas.
As for Apple, Zoom was, unsurprisingly, dubbed best iPad app of the year. And Disney+ was named best Apple TV app.
Apple's "best of" picks are based on "quality, creative design, usability, and innovative technology," as well as "positive cultural impact, helpfulness and importance." Apple's App Store top free chart, which shows the most downloaded apps, includes Zoom (No. 1), TikTok (No. 2), Disney+ (No. 3), Amazon Shopping (No. 11) and DoorDash (No. 14).
Both Apple and Google noted the ways that apps were used for doing good in a year when health concerns, economic strife and racial injustices were all front-and-center. Both cited the United Nations' ShareTheMeal app, which allows users to easily donate money to help feed others, as a popular example.